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New D.C. Bill Aims To Improve Food Options In Low-Income Areas

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Councilmembers Mary Cheh, David Catania, Kwame Brown and Tommy Wells have joined forces to introduce the FEED D.C. Act. The bill proposes the creation of a public-private partnership to attract grocery stores to low income areas and improve the food choices available in existing stores.

Cheh says the limited access to full service grocers impacts the health and well being of hungry families. According to the D.C. Health Department, 55 percent of District residents are overweight or obese.

Cheh says the crisis of overweight and obesity demands action.

The FEED D.C. Act is modeled after successful programs in Pennsylvania and New York City.

D.C. Hunger Solutions supports the bill and says it will make a huge difference for low income households and the city overall.

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